Tag Archives: health

Parent hacks – digital toolkit launched to help Somerset parents

A new online maternity toolkit designed to offer accessible information to families about pregnancy and parenthood has been launched in Somerset for World Breastfeeding Week, 1st – 7th August. The new Somerset Maternity Toolkit, from Somerset County Council and the wider Local Maternity System (LMS) offers trustworthy information and digital support from pre-conception information and […]

Local Community comes together to make our streets safer

Local Community comes together to make our streets safer The Bridgwater Way has been busy working with people who live in Stockmoor and Wilstock Village to help make their streets safer. Together they created a “Community Street Audit” with the aim of seeing how local people viewed the quality of streets and open spaces in […]

Nearly seven thousand Health Checks and counting!

Nearly 7,000 people benefitted from free health checks for the over 40s last year thanks to the service delivered for Somerset County Council and the NHS. And the checks will continue this year, giving anyone over 40 with the chance to have a free check-up every five years, helping identify those at higher risk of […]

Key Bridgwater cycle link set to complete this week

Key road works, including improvements to walking and cycling routes in Bridgwater are set to finish in their entirety this week, with the one way system ending ahead of schedule. The works included County Council schemes to improve cycle and footways between the Wylds Rd/The Drove junction and the A39 Bath Road, and improve the […]

Think self-care for minor illness or ailments

Somerset’s urgent and emergency health services continue to be under pressure due to the severe weather conditions and are prioritising support to the most urgent and seriously ill people today. Members of the public are asked not to telephone the 999-ambulance service unless they or a family member are experiencing a serious, life-threatening emergency. Yesterday […]

Get the right NHS treatment

The NHS in Somerset is urging members of the public to get the right treatment and avoid telephoning for a 999 ambulance or visiting busy district hospital Accident and Emergency Departments with only minor illness or ailments. The advice comes as the county’s district hospitals in Taunton and Yeovil have been experiencing exceptionally high demand, […]

Huge step towards health and social care integration

Somerset County Council has taken an important step towards closer work with the NHS in what would be a ground-breaking project with Somerset’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Yesterday (29 June) the Council’s Cabinet agreed to pursue further discussions with the CCG on the subject of closer integration between its Adult Social Care services and the […]

Social Care stepping up to meet winter pressures

Somerset County Council’s Adult Social Care teams are stepping up to help address the pressures facing health services across the County. Extra social workers have been placed in hospitals since November and are working seven days a week alongside health colleagues and families to discharge patients. Earlier this week, on one day alone, 50 patients […]

Help yourself and your NHS this winter

Winter is a busy time for the NHS, and Somerset’s Public Health chief is reminding people of the simple things they can do to help make this Christmas a healthy one. Trudi Grant, Somerset’s Director of Public Health, is highlighting some common sense practical steps people can take to minimise the risk to their own […]

Starve your anger gremlins with Books On Prescription

A new range of books to help young people improve their health and happiness are now available on the Books On Prescription scheme. The initiative, co-ordinated by Somerset Libraries and Somerset County Council’s Public Health team, enables GPs and others working at the front line of health care to prescribe self-help books. Patients can then […]